I shall say right out front, that I received a promotional copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
I will further say, that I pla..Show More »n to spend one of my own credits when the talented Ms. Klett and Mr. Sutherland release the next book in audio.
Perhaps I was a lost cause from the start. I adore a good scifi. I adore a new clever take on faster than light travel. I adore a military scifi (especially naval). I adore sailing and tall ships. I adore a smart, tough female protagonist refusing to let patriarchy define her.
And I adore a well intonated British accent.
"Into the Dark" would have had me from the third page... even if it WEREN'T a darn good story.
Horatio Hornblower, Honor Harrington, Sassinak, Kylara Vatta, Keladry of Mindolin, a bit of Nicholas Seafort...
if Mr. Sutherland isn't familiar with all these series, he damn well ought to be, for it's hardly a ground-breaking genre... but why should it be? Sutherland's story is well-paced, plausible, amusing and somber by turns. Alexis Carew is a fine inheritor of the reluctant, or perhaps humble, hero mantle. Her demeanor is charmingly modern, her disinterest in the trappings of expected behavior admirable, and her interaction with others totally credulous.
I was charmed.
The book is also, in many ways, absurd.
The mental gymnastics required to shoehorn Tall Ships into interstellar space are... daunting. BUT, by God, Sutherland managed it, and I was willing to buy the whole line of nonsense... and smile. It IS absurd, but... I found myself shrugging and saying "well, and why not?" Sails and rigging and cannon and broadsides, and 18th century British naval discipline alongside FTL transit, and colony disputes. I laughed, I shook my head in astonishment that I was OK with it.
And I was. Completely.
Elizabeth Klett is charming, well paced, and clearly in tune with the material. Her cultured British accent at times both at odds with the content, and yet perfectly tuned to set the stage. The production is clean, the audio quality top notch, and I applaud her performance. I look forward to more.
Do treat yourself to this one. If you are a lover of Sci Fi, if you are an admirer of strong female characters who simply (to quote a recent meme) "give absolutely zero ^#$(*&" about what the world expects of them. If you love a good naval romp, or if you just want to have a fun time in a fanciful yet gritty world...
I started this, then went back and bought book 1 and listened to both books back to back over the past 2 days. It is rivetting. This volume deals with..Show More » Alexis' life under a harsh captain, the crew's mutiny,,, and subsequent consequences thereof. I won't give a synopsis, as it will contain too many spoilers. Suffice it to say, it is partially based on a real life incident in the Royal Navy in the 18th Century. I can see this standing up to Honor Harrington and others, not in the technical details, but in the character's sense of honour and duty. I hope it will run and run. I can't wait for book 3.
The narration was equally good, though I found it somewhat disconcerting to hear American phrasing coming from a clear 'English' voice. The word 'gotten' for instance is just wrong and sounds completely out of character with the rest of the book. None of which is the narrator's fault. Other than that, clear diction, a good range of accents, both English and 'foreign'. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Klett, but will definitely enjoy listening to other books narrated by her. All in all, a terrific find.
Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is book three in the Alexis Carew series. Alexis, now a lieutenant, is assigned to the HMS Shrewsbury, a 74 gun ship in the New London’s Space N..Show More »avy. The author has attempted to make this an “age of sail” type of story except instead of on the sea in the 1800’s it is in space, sailing the solar winds. The story has the British and Germans at war with the French undecided.
The story is well written, the characters are interesting and the plot twist and turns. Overall it is a fun adventure story that makes a great get away story. This is a different type of space opera. Elizabeth Klett has done a good job narrating the story; enjoyed her British accent.